Four things Malaysia cannot do if the FAM is banned

With Malaysian Youth and Sport Minister Khairy Jamaluddin threatening to suspend the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM), Nanda Febriana explains how similar government interference has affected the local football scene in Indonesia…

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1. Not being able to compete in official FIFA/AFC matches

After an interference by their government, Indonesia have been banned from competing in all official FIFA matches and tournaments in all age groups. For instance, until the FIFA sanction is revoked, they will not be allowed to compete in any World Cup/Asian Cup qualifier.

The recently concluded 2015 SEA Games was an exception, as the biennial Southeast Asian tournament is not recognised by FIFA and has no impact on Indonesia’s position in the FIFA World Rankings.

Besides that, as the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is under the FIFA umbrella, Indonesian clubs have been prohibited from competing in the Asian Champions League and the AFC Cup. So, should the FAM be banned now, it means AFC Cup quarter-finalists Johor Darul Ta’zim and Pahang could potentially be kicked out of the tournament immediately.

Indonesia have been excluded from the 2018 World Cup qualifying